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    Seriously good coffee

    I've been in Hong Kong for over a month now, and the best coffee I've been served was at a McCafe. Seriously.

    Where in this town can I find good coffee? Not bitter, American-style, franchise coffee with warty foam, but delicious, subtly rich, creamy coffee with microfoam. Fair trade might be too much to ask...

    I'm developing a kind of tolerance to the starbucks/pacific stuff and can definitely live with it, but I'd love a really good cup of coffee every now and then.

    I searched the forums but only found a reference to a place selling good beans - I don't have an espresso machine and I like hanging out in cafes.


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    Tried San Francisco Coffee? Heard good things about them ...


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    Go to Kosmo in LKF, Opposite starsucks oops I mean starbucks.

    Very good coffee there indeed.

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    I've had very good coffees at the Sogo coffee shop which I think is on the sports clothing floor. There is also the coffee shop on the ground floor of Harbour City, TST (Canton Road entrance).


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    Thank you! Will try all of these suggestions, keep 'em coming


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    Discobay : The Sogo Coffee shop is run by Jacky Kagi who also owns the Reflexion restaurant on the 12(?) floor. Top notch food ...


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    Didn't know that. Must give it a try then.


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    If you are looking for fair trade coffee go to Life in soho, opposite pure fitness. They do nice organic coffee. The roof top is also an attraction.


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    I always take Illy as a good sign - great, smooth Italian espresso coffee that makes for a good latte too. There's a cafe up near Star St with an Illy sign outside (same road as the Pizza Express). Will let you know when we finally get round to trying it. I think Oliver's Cafe opposite the HSBC building on QRC does Illy too.

    I find Starbucks, Pacific and Pret as bad as each other. Wish Cafe Nero would open up over here. Also tried a Cova the other day (the one with the posh chocs and cakes). No better.

    P.S. Why not get an espresso machine as well? I thought it was a gimmick when I was given one for Christmas a couple of years ago. Use it 5+ times a week now and it makes up for the Pacific stuff I drink when at work. Your choice of beans and you can make the milk froth as fine as you like (with a bit of practice). Airport security think we're a bit strange when we come in carrying 8 tins of coffee tho


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    Good suggestion, I'm definitely considering it, although I'm not sure I'd make such a great barista... I like Illy too and have seen the place with the sign you mentioned, have to check it out. On the downside I had an Illy coffee at some sandwich chain recently and it was very bad. I'm guessing they don't clean their machine properly.

    Tried out Kosmo and liked it a lot. Nice atmosphere upstairs, good magazines,friendly service, WIFI, best froth I've had in HK (I have this thing about froth, bear with me)... BUT! The coffee itself was still only ok.


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